Melton College forges a strong bond with the town’s military training base

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The Commanding Officer of the Defense Animal Training Regiment, Lt. Col. Mike Robinson (right) and James Thorne, Deputy Director of the SMB College Group, sign the new official partnership between the organizations EMN-220315-171903001

The formal partnership between Brooskby Melton College and the Defense Animal Training Regiment (DATR) was announced today (Tuesday) with both parties expecting to reap valuable benefits.

It will allow students from the Horticulture, Countryside Management, Uniformed Utilities, Animal and Horse Management departments of the college to intern and gain knowledge of the industry at the base of the college. ‘Asfordby Road, which trains animals for the armed forces.

And military men and women will also benefit from courses and learning programs organized by the college, which is part of the SMB College group.

DATR Commander Lt. Col. Mike Robinson said the partnership leveraged “the land, animal care and public service parallels that exist between our two organizations”.

He said: “We have identified opportunities that will strengthen our two organizations and enable increased knowledge exchange, internship opportunities and improvements in animal practice.

“The benefits are already being realized through the partnership between the College, DATR and The Dog Trust Animal Welfare Program as a triumvirate championing welfare, care and industry best practices.

“In addition, the college also provides an OFSTED-recommended independent advisory group to support ensuring due diligence for our trainees.

“The college’s pastoral expertise provides us with an independent and objective perspective, which is an invaluable source of advice, challenges and encouragement.

“He also supports our young soldiers in training and reinforces the regiment’s continuous improvement program.”

His enthusiasm was echoed by James Thorne, Deputy Director of SMB College Group, who said: “This partnership will bring many new opportunities to both our continuing education learners and our undergraduate students, including valuable insight very professional and efficient work. environment.

“Students will work on a range of projects, including participation in equine and canine units, competitions and welfare programs, in addition to contributing to conservation and the environment for the campus base.

“Uniformed public service students will also have the opportunity to participate in personal training sessions.

“We look forward to working with DATR in this long-term collaborative partnership.”

The link has already begun with the college’s Animal Management Diploma Project, in which students engage with the DATR and Dogs Trust Animal Welfare Scheme.

Program lecturer Beth Prior said: “This program has allowed our students to put their knowledge into practice, complete a series of animal welfare assessments during regular visits to DATR, and share their knowledge of the animal welfare, care and industry best practices. between the three organizations.

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